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2010 Easton ea90.....just bought...should I take em back

Old 01-07-12, 08:58 PM
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2010 Easton ea90.....just bought...should I take em back

Bought from Performance for $511 shipped. I haven't installed them yet. I know Performance has had ea90 SLX special editions which supposedly were actually left over wheels, or built with older parts from 2008. Those wheels have had many broken spoke problems. After checking forums, it seems that a lot of Easton wheels have had spoke problems. My lbs said that many manufacturers got a bad bad of spokes a few years ago, and had similar problems. Easton supposedly has good customer service when issue arise, however, I don't want to constantly have to send wheels back to Easton.

1) Mine are 2010 ea90 aero, they don't say "special edition" or "Performance Exclusive", so I assume these are the same wheels I would receive if I ordered from Easton directly, correct?

2) Anyone not have problems with these specific wheels?

3) Think I should send them back?

4) I weigh 170-179 depending how much beer I drink, am I too heavy for these?

5) I paid $511, if I return them, what would you guys recommend for the same price?
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Old 01-07-12, 10:34 PM
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I have the 'real' EA90 SLX wheels and have yet had a problem. No broken spokes, bad bearings, etc. I have a prototype set of tandem wheels from Velomax [now Easton] and have had nothing but great service from them. Matter of fact, I bought the SLX's because of the service from their service dept. I think Performance would repair the wheel before Easton would. Call Performance and see what they will do if you have a broken spoke because sending them back to Easton would just be a PITA.
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Old 01-07-12, 10:41 PM
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I have not shopped at performance too much in the last year, but they used to have a really great return policy. If you have any issue with anything you've bought from them, they will take it back for full refund with no hassle.
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Old 01-08-12, 06:41 AM
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Anyone have 2010 Easton ea90 aeros?
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Did these questions occur to you only after you bought the wheels?
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Something I would look at before riding the wheels. The 2010 and older models (I believe) had a silly preload adjuster that Easton felt could be adjusted by hand. It's very difficult if not impossible to get them adjusted correctly to eliminate lateral play in the R4 hub. Easton replaced them with a standard 19mm cone wrench adjuster which allows the preload to be correctly tensioned.

If your hubs don't have slots for a cone wrench, call Easton customer service and they will ship you some very quickly so you can properly set up the bearing preload.

I've been riding EA90 SL's for two years now and love them to death. They roll smooth, have been extremely durable, and have been trouble free so far.
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Originally Posted by alpha_bravo View Post
Something I would look at before riding the wheels. The 2010 and older models (I believe) had a silly preload adjuster that Easton felt could be adjusted by hand. It's very difficult if not impossible to get them adjusted correctly to eliminate lateral play in the R4 hub. Easton replaced them with a standard 19mm cone wrench adjuster which allows the preload to be correctly tensioned.

If your hubs don't have slots for a cone wrench, call Easton customer service and they will ship you some very quickly so you can properly set up the bearing preload.

I've been riding EA90 SL's for two years now and love them to death. They roll smooth, have been extremely durable, and have been trouble free so far.


I read about the preload adjusters and were waiting to call for them. When I took them out of the box I think they came with the updated ones.
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I'm attaching pictures of the two preload adjusters. The old one is off the wheel and has no slots to fit the cone wrench in.

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200LBS. 2000km on 90sl and no probs. FWIW
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Originally Posted by alpha_bravo View Post
I'm attaching pictures of the two preload adjusters. The old one is off the wheel and has no slots to fit the cone wrench in.

That's what came on mine. Thanks for the pic. If I keep them, once I install my cassette, is there a chacne that everything will work without needing to adjust my RD?
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Anyone who bought ea90 aero from PB for 499, they are now 399 so call and get the price adjusted.
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You might have to use a Dura Ace cassette or swap out the freehub. The EA90 series comes with a DA-only freehub, unless they changed that in the last year. As far as adjusting your RD, I have three sets of wheels and they are all slightly different, not enough to have to move the stops but enough to have to adjust cable tension slightly. Yours will probably fall into the same range.
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EA90 SLX....awesome wheels for a great price

Keep in mind that usually people only post reviews to the internet when they are unhappy, so that may skew the numbers as it relates to the Easton EA90 SLX wheel set from performance. With that said, I can only give my opinion. I have put over 1500 miles on mine with zero issues. No loose spokes, no creaks or groans, no flats, nada, zip nothing. Nothing but pure bliss to report. I weigh 190, average 20 mph and I don't ride light. I enjoy these rims and frankly think that they have been given a bad rap. In the end, I think I got these wheels under $400 and to date, were the best bang for the buck I have ever purchased for my bike.

Good luck in whatever you chose to do!
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Old 01-18-12, 09:06 AM
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I have a set of EC70 SL's and They are great too. Not one single issue with 3000 miles on them. They don't make them anymore but but I like having an aluminum brake track on a carbon wheel.
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Easton is sending me 2 free tubes of grease for the rear hub. I had to send in the one that came with my bike and they sent the correct black one that is shimano/sram. Looking forward to installing them, ordered all the tools I should need.
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